England- The UK’s Ministers will drop the term Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), conduct a local investigation into police stops and explore and draft a model history curriculum to teach Britain’s “complicated” past in response to the Sewell Report on racial inequalities.
Equality Minister Kemi Badenoch said: “I strongly believe that the UK is the fairest and most open-minded country, but there is much more we can do to promote inclusion and enable everyone to reach their full potential.”
Labour’s shadow equality minister, Taiwo Owatemi, said: “It is shameful that we have had to wait almost a year for the government’s response – and what is worse is that it agrees with the actual report’s denial of structural racism. PM Johnsons’s conservatives have once again failed to take meaningful action.”
These include creating a new framework for the Home Office working with police and crime commissioners to ensure that police powers, including stop and search and force, are subject to greater scrutiny by local communities.
The content in the curriculum will not be mandatory, to be developed by 2024 by a panel of historians and school leaders. Nevertheless, he “will stand as an example for a knowledge-rich, coherent approach to teaching history”.
Chief executive of the educational charity Generating Genius, Tony Sewell supported the government’s response to its report, saying: “It is a major step towards a fairer, more open and more inclusive society and, importantly, a focus on practical actions.” who will improve the lives of the people.
After its publication, it was publicized that large parts of the report – particularly the denial that institutional or structural racism exists – had been authored by No 10.